Adult Sexual Assault Survivors’ Experiences With Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs)

  title={Adult Sexual Assault Survivors’ Experiences With Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs)},
  author={Giannina Fehler-Cabral and Rebecca Campbell and Debra L. Patterson},
  journal={Journal of Interpersonal Violence},
  pages={3618 - 3639}
Sexual assault survivors often feel traumatized by the care received in traditional hospital emergency departments. To address these problems, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs were created to provide comprehensive medical care, crisis intervention, and forensic services. However, there is limited research on the actual experiences and emotional impact of sexual assault survivors who seek treatment from SANEs. This qualitative study examined twenty rape survivors’ experiences with… 

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